Rachel Ruto is the wife of William Ruto, 1st Deputy President of Kenya and the Second Lady of Kenya. She was instrumental in assisting her husband’s campaign, often seen by her husband’s side.
During her tenure as the Second Lady of Kenya, she has become an advocate for women’s rights and women’s empowerment. Through the Joyful Women Organization, she has spurred a table banking initiative throughout Kenya, and spreading to the rest of Africa.
RACHAEL RUTO BIOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION
Rachel attended Likuyani Primary and Butere Girls’ High schools in Kakamega town.
She is a teacher by profession just like compatriots Margaret Kenyatta and ida odinga
Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in the 1990s.
Rachel gave up her teaching career to be a stay-at-home mother after getting married to the now deputy president.
A humble Rachel has been at the forefront in advocating for women empowerment – a cause she has dutifully taken up to create more favourable opportunities for women.
On January 17, 2014, Mrs Ruto was awarded the International Honorary Fellowship Award on Women Empowerment at the Binary University in Malysia.
Like Rachel, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s wife, 52-year old Margaret, is a Bachelor of Education graduate from Kenyatta University.
However, it’s not clear whether Margaret
Ms Ruto decries an education system that subjects students to the same exams despite their circumstances, but encourages more youths to go into business.
RACHAEL RUTO AGE
Born in 1968
RACHEL RUTO MARRIAGE
Ruto married Rachel Chebet in 1991. The young couple first lived in Dagoretti South where they got their first child. They now have six children. Ruto acknowledged a daughter with an ex-college lover Prisca Bett in 2017. . Ruto and the Second lady own an expansive farm in Sugoi. He also owns interest in various real estate developments in Kenya including the Weston Hotel and a large interest in AMACO, an insurance company.
Speaking during a church service on Sunday at the PCEA Riruta Statelite, the self-proclaimed ‘hustler’ further revealed that his love story with Rachael dates many years back.
Ruto said many a times he and Rachel would hang out in Dagoretti and that’s how they ended up having their first child born there.
“Nikiwa Dagoretti South hii, mimi nilikuwa naishi hapa Ngando. Nilikuwa nalipa rent 1,750. Mimi nafurahi sana kurudi mahali tulianzia. Hapa Dagoretti hata yule mke wangu Rachel, wakati nilikuwa nazungumza zungumza na yeye, nilikuwa namleta Dagoretti hapa. Na mtoto wetu wa kwanza tukampata hapa Dagoretti,” william ruto Ruto narrated to the congregations.
“I still cook for my husband and open the door for him when he comes home. My husband went into politics at 30 and I was 28, so, it is like really much part of our life. But I can tell you this job has even kept him closer to me. He has more time for me now.” says rachael ruto
“I make tea and mboga kienyeji which William loves so much. But I believe I am the best cook of chapati in the world. I also like making a type of chicken and onion soup which my children love a lot,” says the alumnus of Butere Girls.
And she speaks fondly of her alma mater whose students she met on a recent tour of Siaya with MP Christine Ombaka. “Those girls are my babies. We had to turn after passing them. They have not lately been appearing up there in the papers in the academic category, but I am working on it.”
RACHAEL RUTO WEALTH
She quit teaching to run the family business Venture Africa Safaris & Travel Ltd besides pursuing a Master’s degree in development studies.
The voracious consumer of inspirational literature reads late into the night, but wakes up “rather late at 6.” “I am a night person,” she chuckles.
“I am currently reading Beverly Angel’s Intimacy – but it is about intimacy with God -not the other type of intimacy with my husband.”
She says she harbours no resentment against Ida Odinga, whose husband bitterly differed with the Deputy President during their long-drawn acrimonious political divorce. “I am in good terms with Ida and Pauline Musyoka. I have nothing against them or even their husbands.”